(From left to right) San Antonio Book Festival winner and eleventh grader Jessica Redmon, Sam Houston High School Principal Darnell Maurice White, San Antonio Public Library Foundation President Tracey Ramsey Bennett and Texas Cavaliers Publicity Chairman Clint Hennessey. Photo courtesy of SABF.
(From left to right) San Antonio Book Festival winner and eleventh grader Jessica Redmon, Sam Houston High School Principal Darnell Maurice White, San Antonio Public Library Foundation President Tracey Ramsey Bennett and Texas Cavaliers Publicity Chairman Clint Hennessey. Photo courtesy of SABF.

The San Antonio Book Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2016 Fiction Contest. Any Bexar County student in grades 7-12 is invited to exercise their imaginations around the theme for this year’s contest, “Not All Heros Wear Capes.” Authors of winning essays will win cash prizes, the opportunity to participate in the San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) on April 2, 2016, and a spot on the official Texas Cavaliers‘ float during its Fiesta river parade.

Click here to view contest rules and online submission form. Stories must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. It’s free to submit and previous years’ winners can be found online here. Their fictional works are certainly worth a read, they’re only 500-1,000 words long.

“Judges will look for excellence in use of dialogue, imagery, character development, setting, plot, conflict, grammar, and resolution. Submissions that have not been properly proofread or finished will not be accepted,” states an informational flyer.

Winners of each division (7-8th grade, 9-10th grade, and 11-12th grade) will receive their awards at a ceremony during the SABF. The prize for first place is a $250 check for the student and $500 for their schools, second place student will receive a $150 check, and third will receive $100.

The contest is sponsored by the Texas Cavaliers.

*Top image: (From left to right) 2014 San Antonio Book Festival Fiction Contest winner and 11th grader Jessica Redmon, Sam Houston High School Principal Darnell Maurice White, San Antonio Public Library Foundation President Tracey Ramsey Bennett and Texas Cavaliers Publicity Chairman Clint Hennessey. Photo courtesy of SABF.

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Iris Dimmick

Senior Reporter Iris Dimmick covers public policy pertaining to social issues, ranging from affordable housing and economic disparity to policing reform and workforce development. Contact her at iris@sareport.org